10 April, 2005 by troy glidden
Mrs. Blanche Culver, age 100, of McPherson, KS , passed away at 11:55 PM, Friday, April 8th, 2005 peacefully at Lakeside Home Care, McPherson, Kansas.
Blanche Culver, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Zachek) Blazek, was born on April 30, 1904 on her parents farm in Republic County, Kansas. She was the eldest of seven children born to this union, one son and six daughters: Blanche, Laura, Leona, Ben, Marcella, Louise, and Irene. She attended a country school near Cuba, Kansas.
She was united in marriage to Bryan Culver. This union was blessed with the birth of two sons, Darwin and V. C. “Gene”. In 1929, the family moved to McPherson. They joined the First United Methodist Church where Blanche was a member of several circles and served her church through the years in many capacities. She was also a life member of the VFW Post 2715 Ladies Auxiliary, McPherson, KS.
Blanche and Bryan were co-owners of Culver’s Liquor Store, opening the first liquor store in McPherson County after the repeal of prohibition. Bryan died unexpectedly on March 4, 1950. Unlike most women of her time, she prevailed by continuing to run the store with the help of her son Gene. In 1964 she built a new building complex that housed Culver’s Liquor Store and Culver’s Sporting Goods. At this time, she also sold the business to her son Gene but continued working in both stores. After her grandson Terry, opened the north Culver’s Liquor Store, Blanche continued to work until 1995 when she retired at the age of ninety-two. Blanche was not afraid to work. She loved to tell stories about different incidents that occurred at the stores while she was working. There was the time someone tried to rob the store and she chased them down to recover the stolen bottles until the police arrived.
Blanche was a devoted Christian, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was very proud of her family and encouraged them in their activities and life endeavors. She was especially fond of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren always looking forward to their visits and times they would share together. Blanche especially loved to dance, work in her garden, and spend time with her family and friends.
Blanche passed away at 11:55 pm on Friday, April 8th, 2005 peacefully at Lakeside Home Care, McPherson, Kansas at the age of 100 years, just 3 weeks short of reaching her 101st birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bryan; a son, Darwin Culver; her brother, Ben Blazek, two sisters, Laura Dillahay and Marcella Tobin; and a great-grandson, Blake Culver.
Surviving members of her family include her son V. C. "Gene" Culver, of McPherson, Kansas; her sisters Leona Baker, of San Bruno, California, Louise Greene, of Longwood, Florida; and Irene Stafford, of Wichita, Kansas. 5 grandchildren, Richard Culver, David Culver, Terry Culver, Cindy Burke, and Brent Culver; 6 great-grandchildren, Todd Culver, Bryan Culver, Tessa Culver, Chris Culver, Tyler Burke, and Evan Culver; and 4 great-great-grandchildren, Samantha Culver, Sommer Culver, Slater Culver, and McKenzie Cooper Culver.
The Funeral service will be conducted by Reverend Robert Fleenor on April 12, 2005 at 10:00 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, McPherson, KS. Special music, “This One’s With Me “ and “Shepard Of My Heart“ will be sung by Mary Winsky. Prelude and Postlude music will be played by organist Pat Johnson.
The final resting place will be the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas. Auxiliary committal services will be provided by members of the VFW Post 2715 Ladies Auxiliary. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, McPherson in memory of Blanche.
Dave Culver Terry Culver Brent Culver Bryan Culver
Chris Culver Tyler Burke Evan Culver
Wayne Chartier Dick Murray